Classes and programs offered at no cost to participants
NAMI Ohio and its affiliates play an active role in providing support and education to consumers of mental health services and their families throughout Ohio.
The Family-to-Family Education Program, created by Dr. Joyce Burland, a psychologist and family member, is a 12-class course designed for families experiencing the effects of severe brain disorders, and focuses on three major psychiatric illnesses: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), and major depression.
Classes are team-taught by intensively trained family members of individuals suffering from mental illnesses. The program curriculum covers treatment strategies and coping skills, such as improved communication and problem solving.
Throughout the program, family members learn to be effective providers and advocates for an ill relative. Many participants also find the emotional support that is essential during times of illness and stress.
Classes cover the following topics:
- Facts and Feelings—Learning the Difference
- Introduction to Schizophrenia—Diagnosis and Causes
- Introduction to Depression and Bipolar Illness—Diagnosis and Causes
- Brain Basics
- Problem-Solving Skills
- Empathy Workshop—What is it like to experience a brain disorder?
- Communication Skills
- Relative Groups and Self-Care
- Rehabilitation Strategies
- Advocacy: Fighting Stigma
- Celebration! Certification is awarded upon class completion
Classes are open to anyone with a family member or close friend experiencing mental illness.